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General Leo's never had a Magitek infusion. He's a warrior's warrior!
—Vector citizen

General Leo Cristophe is a temporary playable character in Final Fantasy VI. He is a noble and honorable man who fights for what he believes in. General Leo is the finest swordsman in the Gestahlian Empire, and one of Emperor Gestahl's most trusted men. He prefers negotiation over combat, in contrast to Kefka Palazzo.



General Leo wears a green tailcoat. In his concept art he wears a lighter high-collared green and yellow tailcoat. He has a blond Mohawk hairstyle. Leo's skin color is a topic of debate as his skin is dark in Yoshitaka Amano's artwork and in his menu portrait, as well as having facial features of a dark-skinned man, while his sprite is white. His sprite being white-skinned is due to color palette limitations within the game. Playable characters, NPCs, and objects share palettes between themselves. For instances, Celes color palette is the same as Leo's. In the mobile version the field sprite has darker skin.


Leo is a strong, upstanding, moral man with a strong sense of compassion and honor. The men of the Empire revere him as an ideal warrior and are proud to serve him. He is slow to waste human life on both sides of a battle, and is loyal to Emperor Gestahl. These qualities place him at odds with Kefka, who has no regard for life or morality, and is utterly brutal in his tactics. Leo treats Kefka with respect, but is aware of his behavior and warns him not to act rashly when Leo must leave the Siege of Doma in his hands. The one time he gets angry with Kefka is in Thamasa, where he attempts to threaten Kefka (in the GBA version, he tells Kefka he's insane). It is unknown why a man like Leo would serve the Empire in conquering the world, but given he was born in Vector, it is likely out of a sense of duty and honor to his homeland.


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General Leo at the Imperial Camp.

General Leo was born in Vector, capital of the Empire. He was raised as a soldier and rose through the ranks. He was highly respected in the Empire for his honor and courage, unlike Kefka. Leo was one of the few soldiers who refused a Magitek infusion.

Before the Occupation of South Figaro, the daughter of the rich man's house, says that her father has important people coming over for dinner all the time, even General Leo.

When Sabin Rene Figaro and Shadow arrive at the Imperial Camp near Doma Castle, Leo's honorable qualities are brought to light when he tells an Imperial Trooper they must delay their attack to minimize casualties, and advises the trooper he should remember his family and not be so eager to die in battle. Although Sabin and Shadow are hiding and do not meet him, Sabin is impressed with Leo's principles. Kefka Palazzo is also at camp, and though Leo orders him not to poison Doma, Kefka does so as soon as Leo is called away.

FFVI PC Leo meets Returners

Leo introduces himself to the Returners.

When the Returners join a banquet with Gestahl in the Imperial Palace, Gestahl asks Leo to accompany Terra Branford and Locke Cole on a mission of goodwill to the espers. En route Leo has a heart-to-heart talk with Terra, who is anxious about her humanity and worries she cannot feel love. Leo assures it's the result of youth rather than her esper nature, and reveals his guilt over his complicity in the Empire's cruel treatment of her. On their arrival, he dispatches Locke, Terra, and Shadow to search for the espers, while he and Celes Chere search on their own.

After Locke and Terra locate the espers, who are led by Yura, they return to Thamasa and meet with Leo. Although the espers and Leo negotiate a truce, Kefka intervenes and incapacitates Leo's soldiers, including Celes, Terra and Locke. Telling Leo this was ordered by Gestahl, Kefka kills the espers and takes their magicite, then orders his bodyguards to burn the village.

FFVI Android Leo's Funeral

Leo's funeral.

Leo defeats Kefka, but Kefka conjures an image of Gestahl who informs Leo he ordered the attack on Thamasa and that he and Kefka had manipulated Leo into gathering the espers for them. Kefka reveals what Leo fought was another illusion, and kills Leo. He taunts Leo by saying that he, Kefka, will tell Gestahl he "had to dispose of a traitor." The Returners lay Leo to rest at a grave in Thamasa.

Besides Celes, Leo is the only Imperial in high command to show a sense of honor and decency, and many of the Returners hold him in high regard. Sabin remarks "he could be my friend, if he weren't my enemy." When meeting with Cyan Garamonde in Vector, he apologizes for failing to stop Kefka from poisoning the citizens in Doma, Cyan's kingdom. Cyan in turn, when he hears Leo was slain, considers it a waste of a fine soldier.

Spoilers end here.


FF6 iOS Leo Sprites

Leo's given job is General. Leo's stats are good all around. His equipment is set, as he is a temporary party member. He equips the Crystal Sword, the Aegis Shield, and the Golden Helmet and Armor. He comes with a Master's Scroll and a Gigas Glove. Leo's special ability is Shock, which deals non-elemental magic damage to all opponents. Gau can access this ability by using the Yojimbo Rage, and its Spell Power is 128, and it cannot be dodged. Due to the Master's Scroll, Leo attacks four times when choosing the Attack command.

Banon and Leo share the same slot, whatever row (back or front) Banon is currently or placed in before he leaves the party, Leo will be in the same row Banon last was.

Leo has sprites for spellcasting, though it is impossible to see these without hacking as Leo doesn't know and cannot learn magic. Like all guest characters, he cannot equip magicite or earn Magic AP.

By using the Airship glitch it is possible to use General Leo outside of areas where he was intended to be used in the World of Balance.


Name Initial Stats
Strength 52
Speed 38
Stamina 41
Magic 36
Attack 60
Defense 63
Evasion 22%
Magic Defense 41
Magic Evasion 21%
Escape Success 3
HP Gain 50
MP Gain 10
Level Averaging +5
Level HP MP EXP +
2 61 14 32
3 73 18 96
4 87 23 208
5 104 28 400
6 124 34 672
7 146 40 1056
8 170 47 1552
9 196 55 2184
11 251 72 3936
12 281 81 5080
13 316 91 6432
14 355 101 7992
15 399 111 9784
16 449 121 11840
17 503 131 14152
18 560 142 16736
19 621 153 19616
21 753 175 26360
22 822 186 30232
23 894 198 34456
24 970 210 39056
25 1049 222 44072
26 1131 234 49464
27 1217 246 55288
28 1307 259 61568
29 1402 272 68304
31 1601 298 83184
32 1702 311 91384
33 1804 325 100088
34 1906 339 109344
35 2009 353 119136
36 2113 367 129504
37 2219 381 140464
38 2326 396 152008
39 2434 411 164184
41 2655 441 190416
42 2768 456 204520
43 2882 472 219320
44 2998 488 234808
45 3115 504 251000
46 3234 520 267936
47 3354 536 285600
48 3476 553 304040
49 3601 570 323248
51 3859 603 364064
52 3990 618 385696
53 4123 632 408160
54 4257 645 431488
55 4393 657 455680
56 4530 668 480776
57 4669 678 506760
58 4811 687 533680
59 4955 695 561528
61 5247 708 620096
62 5395 713 650840
63 5545 718 682600
64 5697 724 715368
65 5850 730 749160
66 6005 737 784016
67 6161 744 819920
68 6319 751 856920
69 6479 759 895016
71 6801 775 974536
72 6956 783 1016000
73 7107 791 1058640
74 7252 798 1102456
75 7392 805 1147456
76 7528 812 1193648
77 7660 818 1241080
78 7786 824 1289744
79 7906 830 1339672
81 8136 841 1443368
82 8246 846 1497160
83 8354 851 1552264
84 8459 856 1608712
85 8561 861 1666512
86 8661 866 1725688
87 8759 871 1786240
88 8854 877 1848184
89 8946 883 1911552
91 9124 895 2042608
92 9211 901 2110320
93 9296 908 2179504
94 9379 916 2250192
95 9461 925 2322392
96 9541 935 2396128
97 9624 946 2471400
98 9710 958 2548224
99 9798 971 2637112

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Final Fantasy Brave ExviusEdit

FFBE Leo appears as a vision obtainable through summoning. His job is General. His trust mastery reward is Aegis Shield. He possesses the special abilities Store, Power Break, Armor Break, Blade Bash, ATK +20%, DEF +20%, Brace, Bladeblitz and Draw Attacks. His limit bursts are Shock, Giga Shock and Ground Shock.

No. 197: "A man who appears in tales from another world, where he played a role in the great conflict between humankind and espers. This loyal soldier of the Gestahlian Empire refused a Magitek infusion, having achieved the rank of general depending only on the strength of his arm and the skill of his sword. He values fair play and honor in battle with a special hatred for underhanded strategies. Respectful of all lives, even those of his enemies, his character earns him esteem from both his own troops and the people of hostile nations. He bears a deep hatred for Kefka, for a man of such integrity cannot forgive the mage's evil ways."
No. 198: "A general in the Gestahlian Empire who appears in tales from another world. There he played a role in the great conflict between humankind and espers. In an empire that depends on the power of magic to rule the world, he is a true warrior who relies only on his own strength and skill. When Leo is summoned back to Gestahl during the invasion of Doma Castle, and Kefka is given command, he warns the mage against using cruelty and foul play. But Kefka pays no heed to this advise, and poisons the inhabitants of Doma Castle as soon as Leo is gone."
No. 199: "A general in the Gestahlian Empire who appears in tales from another world. There he played a role in the great conflict between humankind and espers. His integrity and code of honor win him respect from enemies and allies alike. He travels to Thamasa with Terra, Locke, and the others, to try to establish a peace with the espers who have appeared from the esper world. Furious at the cruelty of Kefka, who strikes out at esper after esper to reap magicite from them, he challenges the mage to battle. But Kefka resorts to his usual dirty tricks, and the mighty general Leo falls for the last time."
—Entries for different versions of Leo.

Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

TCG Leo appears with two Fire-elemental cards. Both cards feature artwork by Yoshitaka Amano.



Leo is Latin for "lion". It is a shorten form of the male given name "Leonardo". Christophe is the French form of Christopher, a name derived from the Ancient Greek Christóphoros, or "Christ-bearing."


  • General Leo was the focus of many rumors during the game's initial release as to how to resurrect Leo in the World of Ruin. There is no method by which he can be resurrected other than modifying the game's code, although by using the Airship glitch it is possible to use General Leo outside of areas where he was intended to be used in the World of Balance[2].
  • In the Dawn of Souls and subsequent remakes of the original Final Fantasy, Leo is one of the automatic names the player can choose for the Warrior job.
  • The conversation between Leo and Terra influences her decisions later. In the final part of the game, when the players talks to Terra in the Falcon to switch party members, she says : "General Leo, I think I understand what you were trying to say...".
  • During the scene in Thamasa Kefka says that Leo was "always, always, ALWAYS such a Goody Two-Shoes!," a reference to a fairy tale storybook character.
    • In Dissidia Final Fantasy Kefka recalls this line when entering battle against Cecil. Cecil and Leo are similar characters, both being morally decent soldiers serving a corrupt lord (or in the case of Cecil, a corrupt creature posing as his lord). Cecil is also a Paladin by job, which General Leo's job of General resembles.


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